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Planet Adam - Thisavribaulis
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Published: June 7, 2015
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Thisavribaulis
Name meaning: treasure (thisavros) chest (baoulo) in Greek

This is one of the many species of "walking corals" found across the shallow waters of Planet Adam. Thisavribaulis are peculiar because they are tripeds and likely have to move very slowly in order to not fall-over when lifting a leg. But living corals in general can only filter feed and supplement their diet with photosynthesis so movement will be limited anyway. Thankfully, most specimens, including this one, have a hollow structure so they are not too heavy for their segmented legs.

Thisavribaulis algae is not as easy to snatch for Planet Adam's herbivores. Each arm that holds a fan of leaves that can be pulled back into the hollow structure if the colony detects nearby attackers. It is believed that the flower pedals may actually hide primitive eyes that can detect movement. But even stealthy salad lovers must be careful because the arms host large "claws" that can easily tear fins or even umbilical cords that get caught.

This species gets its name from the upper portion of its body that can open like the lid of a treasure chest. The function of this structure isn't certain though it is believed to either adjust the intake of water that contains both microorganisms and pieces of animals that died, or could be an additional means of scaring away attackers since the segments look like the gaping mouth of a large predator.

"Prior to submitting this deviation, I haven't thought of a better name for the living corals. It was a little redundant because corals are living animals. As you can see from the conversation in the comments section below, a decision has finally been made".

FUN FACTS:
:bulletblue: Thisavribaulis colonies contain both a male and female flower, located at each end of the animal.
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themutantlizard's avatar
Walking corals?
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WorldBuildersInc|Student Traditional Artist
What in the name of all that is holy is that... that... ABOMINATION? (Not that it's not wonderfully drawn; it's just really freaky)
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Tapejara|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry to keep you waiting, the description should explain its origins a little.
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WorldBuildersInc|Student Traditional Artist
I am unfamiliar with this planet, but that does make a some sense. Instead of calling them "living corals", you could simply call them "mobile corals".
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Tapejara|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was actually something that crossed my mind, but... I don't know, it doesn't sound quite right. I'll probably use that term from now on though until something even better comes up.
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